United Kingdom's new global immigration and border system will henceforth enable Canadians aged 18 and above who uses a biometric or ‘chipped’ passport for their travels to enter the UK through the automated e-passport gates. The e-passport gate also covers visitors who are younger than 18 but are at least 12 years old in the company of an adult.
Nationals of more countries of the world can use the UK's e-passport gates than is on offer in any other country, making the UK the leading country in automated passenger clearance.
This new system will make entry into the UK smoother for Canadians and other non-EEA countries nationals as they will no longer be required to fill in landing cards when they arrive in the UK.
In 2017, the UK recorded 1.3 million arrivals of Canadian nationals which makes the use of e-passport gates for Canadians welcomed news for all parties involved.
New Global Immigration and Border Systems
Sajid Javid, UK Home Secretary, said the new system is aimed at improving fluidity and security for people coming to the UK either for visiting or work purposes.
Javid explained that expansion of e-passport gates is a major component of the system with the country, improving the experience of passengers and protecting its border at the same time.
The Home Secretary expressed his delight at the chance given to Canadians to benefit from the use of e-passport in order to enjoy smoother entry into the UK.
The e-passport gates work by comparing the face of the passenger to the digital image on the passport via facial recognition technology. UK Border Force officers are on hand to monitor the process and refer whoever rejected at the gates to the manned channel for manual verification.
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